Why The Cloud Beats Legacy Compute Models

Recently I was a speaker at Westcon’s Cloud event in Orlando, FL. While the event was being held close to Disney, Universal Studios, and other hot spots for fun and games, the event itself was all business as the audience of value-added resellers (VARs) were busy trying to figure out how to position cloud and […]

The Internet of Things Rekindles The IT versus OT Debate

A few weeks ago in Chicago, Cisco held its second annual Internet of Things World Forum. The first event was held last year in Barcelona, one of the most advanced cities in the world, and drew a few hundred people — not bad for an inaugural event. This year’s attendance more than doubled to almost […]

Google Rolls Out An Easy-To-Use Cloud

At first glance, making the shift to cloud seems like it’s fairly easy. Call up the cloud provider, turn on the service, and away you go. As my kids say: easy peasy lemon squeezy. However, as is the case with many things, be careful what you wish for, as there is often more to the […]

If You’re Doing Cloud, You’d Better Be Doing Network Virtualization

It’s interesting how the networking industry tends to get fixated on certain topics that everyone tries to get a piece of while they are hot. It’s a little like NFL offenses. Years ago, during the 49ers dynasty, everyone was trying to do some version of the west coast offense. More recently, the wildcat was something […]

Goodbye Interop New York, Bring Back the Real Interop Show

Interop New York wrapped up 2 weeks ago at the Javits Center. I’ve always found Javits to be an odd location for the Fall Interop show given the relative size of the event compared to the capacity of the venue. Even with a well-attended event, the enormity of the Javits Center sucks much of the […]

Welcome to the New IP Network

A short while ago, data center specialist, Brocade, held its annual financial analyst conference. During his keynote, CEO Lloyd Carney, introduced the audience to a concept called the “new IP network”. The concept behind the new IP network is that the network needs to evolve to meet the demands of cloud computing, mobility, and the […]

Turning Oracle Over To A Hurd of Catz

Oracle Open World 2014 kicks off next week and promises to be like no other as, I’m sure everyone is well aware, last week the company’s CEO, Larry Ellison, announced he was turning the reigns over to the duo of Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Ellison also announced he wasn’t leaving the company; rather, he […]

Kepler, The iPhone, And The BYOD Surge

At first glance, it’s hard to find any common ground between the first iPhone and the German mathematician, scientist and astronomer, Johannes Kepler.  Apple released the iPhone and an apple was rumored to have fallen on Sir Isaac Newton’s head, and Newton used a lot of Kepler’s data but that’s a loose association.  The common […]

5 IoT Solutions We Can Use – And One We Can Live Without

The industry is all a-buzz over the concept of Internet of Things (IoT).  Cisco did a study last year that sized the opportunity at $14.4 trillion over the next decade, meaning there’s plenty of opportunity for start ups and traditional companies to use IoT as a significant growth engine.  Over the past few months, though, […]

The Cisco – VMware War is Just Beginning

Last month I wrote a blog post looking at the drivers for WAN based software defined networks (SDNs).  In this blog I’ll take a look at the factors driving data center SDNs.  In the same ZK Research / Tech Target survey I referenced in the previous blog, we also asked the question “What capabilities are […]